Eagles vs. Buccaneers how to watch: TV, live stream, odds, pick in Super Wild Card Weekend showdown – ZellaNews

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers start their quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions, trying to change into the primary crew for the reason that 2003-2004 New England Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowls. The first check standing in Tampa Bay’s approach is the Philadelphia Eagles, a crew that went 7-3 over the ultimate 10 video games and rallied to declare a playoff spot after a 2-5 begin. 

Philadelphia and Tampa Bay confronted off in Week 6, with the Buccaneers holding on to win 28-22 on “Thursday Night Football.” The Buccaneers haven’t got Antonio Brown or Chris Godwin obtainable for the rematch whereas the Eagles reworked their offense into the main speeding assault in the NFL since Week 8. The second assembly between Philadelphia and Tampa Bay turns into all of the extra intriguing with the character of the groups altering over the previous few months. The Eagles are a harmful No. 7 seed in opposition to a Super Bowl contender led by the best quarterback to ever play the sport in Tom Brady. 

Can the Eagles discover a approach to run previous the Buccaneers? Can Brady will a banged up Tampa Bay crew previous Philadelphia? Here’s a preview of the NFC wild-card showdown: 

How to watch

Date: Sunday, Jan. 16 | Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa Bay, Florida)
TV: Fox | Stream: fuboTV (strive at no cost)
Follow: ZellaNews Sports App
Odds: Buccaneers -8.5, O/U 46

Key matchups

Rob Gronkowski in opposition to Eagles protection

The Eagles are arguably the worst crew masking tight ends this season, permitting a league-excessive 107 completions and 14 touchdowns to tight ends. Their 61 receiving yards per sport allowed to tight ends is the sixth most in the NFL, which makes masking Rob Gronkowski a frightening job. 

Gronkowski did not play in the Week 6 matchup due to an harm, but Brady nonetheless discovered his tight ends for 9 catches for 75 yards and a rating. Brady and Gronkowski have related 55 instances (eighth-most amongst quarterback-tight finish mixtures in the NFL) and 802 yards (fourth) and 6 touchdowns (sixth). Keep in thoughts Gronkowski performed simply 12 video games this 12 months and has 14 catches for 252 yards in his final two video games. 

The Eagles are going to have to cease Gronkowski to beat the Buccaneers. With no Chris Godwin and Cyril Grayson out, Brady will probably be looking for his tight ends so much — a obvious weak point in the Eagles protection. 

Jalen Hurts vs. stress

No crew pressured Hurts this season just like the Buccaneers, because the Eagles quarterback confronted stress on 55% of his dropbacks vs. Tampa Bay — the best price of stress Hurts confronted all 12 months. Hurts went simply 12 of 26 for 115 yards with a landing and an interception in what was his worst passing efficiency of the 12 months. Hurts did have 10 carries for 44 yards and two touchdowns in that sport, utilizing his legs to spark a comeback try. 

Hurts has been composed beneath stress, being sacked simply 25 instances (fourth fewest in NFL) with two interceptions (second fewest in NFL). He has accomplished simply 43.7% of his passes when going through stress with six touchdowns to two interceptions, as his 75.7 passer ranking is eleventh in the NFL. His 6.86 yards per try beneath stress ranks seventh. 

While Hurts has been strong beneath stress, he’ll be going through loads of it in opposition to Tampa Bay Sunday. The Buccaneers get stress on the opposing quarterback on 33% of dropbacks (the fifth-highest price in the NFL) and blitz on 36% of dropbacks (second-highest price in NFL). 

Prediction 

Latest Odds:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-8.5

The Buccaneers are closely favored in this sport for a purpose. Tom Brady can tear aside the Eagles protection by getting to the tight ends in the center of the sector and the Buccaneers third-ranked run protection with Vita Vea can neutralize the Eagles’ high-ranked speeding assault. 

Philadelphia is a unique crew than the one Tampa Bay noticed in Week 6, although. The Eagles are first in third-down conversion price (49%) and common 189.9 speeding yards per sport since Week 8, essentially the most in the NFL. The Buccaneers have given up 130 speeding yards per sport during the last two weeks, with the Jets and Panthers every having 26 carries. The Eagles averaged 32.3 makes an attempt per sport and will not abandon the run if it is not working, so the Buccaneers will probably be challenged on the bottom.

Hurts will play properly and the Eagles will give the Buccaneers a sport, however failing to cowl Gronkowski and firm will probably be sufficient for Tampa Bay to survive and host one other playoff sport subsequent week. 

Buccaneers 27, Eagles 25 



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